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Definition of mortify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive] mortify somebody (to do something) it mortifies somebody that…Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mortify
    he / she / it mortifies
    past simple mortified
    -ing form mortifying
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  1. 1to make someone feel very ashamed or embarrassed synonym humiliate
  2. 2 She was mortified to realize he had heard every word she said.
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noun [uncountable] Imagine my mortification when I found out.
adjective How mortifying to have to apologize to him!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mortify